Call for Papers: Cultural production in the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic

Location: Turkologentag 2016. Hamburg, 2016, 14-17 September

Organization: Rosita d’Amora, University of Salento, Petra de Bruijn, Leiden University

Deadline for the proposals: February 21, 2016

Details about the registration for the Turkologentag 2016.


This panel seeks to question the interaction between cultural representations and Ottoman and Turkish society.

Ottoman poetry, Turkish novels, theatre, cinema, television drama and other forms of cultural representations often mirror the societal developments of the period they are produced in and, on the other hand, have a profound influence on the society they originate from. Nearly all cultural representations, while offering a key to interpret society, can also have a more or less explicit didactic function. Cultural representations are often presented to their audience as tools to acquire new knowledge, to change their attitude, or to be informed about a societal development. The media through which such an influencing process takes place differ, according to the time and place in which cultural productions are conceived, elaborated and consumed. For instance, whereas the novel was a strong medium for influencing society and setting new cultural trends and behavioural norms among the urban elites throughout the 20th century, this medium seems to have lost its convincing power to the more widely accessible visual media in the 21st century.

This panel invites researchers to contemplate on this interaction between cultural representations and society. It aims at exploring the production of cultural representations, their general trends as well as individual case studies. What do the source texts tell us about their function in the society they are produced in? How are they produced? How does this production process reflects on the cultural output? What is the influence of cultural production on society? And the other way round: how societal developments influence the cultural production? What trends can be discerned?

We invite comparative research as well as case studies from fields such as Ottoman arts and literature, modern Turkish literature, theatre and film studies, media studies etc.

Please send your proposal (title, a 300 word abstract in English) and a one page CV until 21 February 2016 to and

CfP (pdf): Cultural production in the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republicf

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